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Nature Notebook

Vireo

The rough-hewn path through the forest was strewn with the spent flowers of madrone – tiny, white, urn-shaped orbs that lent lightness to the…

KOZ AT 95

“Stick to me like a wet shirt.” With those words, Dr. Eugene Kozloff began the first natural history lecture series for the San Juan…

Meeting Mount Grant

The view from the top of Lawson’s Ridge was stunning – or so I had been told. In nearly thirty years of living on…

Searching for Sulphurs

Mid-September. Migration time. While some islanders were watching the southern movement of birds I was standing knee deep in beach grass along the dunes…

SHOREBIRD STOPOVER

Last week, I watched a Long-billed Dowitcher foraging in the brine of a saltwater lagoon on the island. The appearance of the statuesque shorebird…

SOWING SEEDS

The last week of summer I stopped by the San Juan County Land Bank office in Friday Harbor to visit botanist Eliza Habegger. It…

Restoring Wildflowers

Standing at the turnout to the Westside Preserve recently, I counted the varied shades of gray and bedrock blue in Haro Strait and pondered…

CATTLE POINT

This is homage to Cattle Point – a 26-acre parcel of public land at the south end of San Juan Island that is a…

THE SWANS ARE BACK!

One of the special events of fall on San Juan Island is the return of the trumpeter swans from their breeding grounds in the…